Photographs by Kriti Mamgain.

A lot of us say that the most wonderful time of our lives is our childhood – it is fun, tension free, without any responsibilities with a very filtered vision of the world. While I agree to all of it, I would like to add that it is also a time we remember the least. Yes, we do have a general idea about it but it mostly stems from the stories we have heard and the photographs we have seen. That along with the few things we remember gives us an idea about how our childhood was.

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Having said that, there are things that we remember very clearly, things that we associate to a particular thing. It could be a sound or a smell or a taste, anything. Why I’m mentioning all this is because I associate Carl’s Jr with my trip to California in 1997, when I was 6.

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I was very young and I don’t remember most of the trip but this is one aspect of it that I do remember, because my parents used to take my sister and I to Carl’s Jr almost every evening. And almost every evening, for a month, we used to eat the ‘star fish’ there. It wasn’t actually a star fish, it was fish fry in the shape of a star, the mascot of this place. This is one thing that stuck with me through the years.

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So when Carl’s Jr finally launched in India and I was invited to review the place, nostalgia rose quickly and when I reached the place, I felt like I was a child again!

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I ordered a lot of food in excitement – the Famous Star Burger, the Mile High Burger, the Mango Jalapeño Burger, one portion of Tender Chicken and a portion of fries along with a chocolate shake with whipped cream. Each and every dish was high on flavour, and extremely juicy!

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The Famous Star Burger was packed with various flavours, all very mild, not overpowering one another. It was a very good, balanced burger.

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The Mile High Burger, on the other hand, packed a punch. There was a strong flavour to it that was hitting the palate. I personally prefer mild flavours but the good thing about this one was that it was stuffed with onion rings along with the meat patty, making it very crunchy. It is ideal for people who enjoy crunchiness.

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The Mango Jalapeño Burger lies on the sweeter side of the flavour scale. If you are someone who enjoys a bit of sweetness in their savoury dishes, and I am that kind of a person, you will fall in love with this burger. It has a very unique flavour. Don’t get me wrong though, it isn’t sweet. It just has a mildly sweet after taste.

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The Tender Chicken stands true to its name as it is actually very tender, and the fries are not oily, un-skinned and healthy looking.

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The Chocolate Shake was extremely thick, slightly slushy, but in a good way. If you are someone who does not enjoy very thick beverages, go for a beer or maybe a cola. I personally loved it but it can become very heavy since the size of their burgers is huge!

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I ended the meal with a New York Cheesecake. It was very good but not spectacular.

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All in all, the food is great, the burgers are huge and the best part is that the size of their patty equals the size of the buns. These burgers were so juicy that one wouldn’t really need a drink to wash it down, I just had a drink because I wanted one.

Unfortunately though, my childhood favourite, the star shaped fish fry, hasn’t launched yet but it will be available by February, 2016. This means that you will spot me at Carl’s Jr a lot from February next year!

Address: Pacific Mall, Tagore Garden, New Delhi

Select Citywalk, Saket, New Delhi

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